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Sharon helps guide growth in companies large and small, drawing on her experience an operating executive, investor and strategist. Until recently, she was the CEO of Hackbright Academy, the engineering school for women, based in San Francisco, and now serves as strategic adviser to Hackbright's new corporate parent, Capella Education Company. Sharon serves on the boards of Actiance, Applause, Colfax Corp. (NYSE: CFX) and non-profit Kaleido Health. Sharon previously served on the boards of Everyday Health (NASD: EVDY) and Glu Mobile (NASD: GLU), as well as many private company boards.

Before joining Hackbright, Sharon was a Venture Capitalist at ScaleVP, where she led investments in software, internet and mobile companies. Prior to joining ScaleVP in 2001, Sharon was Vice President, Marketing for Critical Path (NASD: CPTH) and Amplitude Software. She launched her tech career at Adobe Systems, starting as Product Manager for Asian Products and later led marketing for many of Adobe’s applications, and spearheaded numerous cross-product initiatives. Before her technology line experience, Sharon practiced strategy consulting at Bain & Company for nearly five years. 

Sharon is a frequent public speaker, has authored and taught several case studies at Stanford Graduate School of Business, is a multi-year “AlwaysOn Power Players in Digital Media Winner,” recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the “Top 25 Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter” and as one of "40 Over 40" women to watch. Sharon holds an S.M. and an A.B. in Engineering from Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sharon is also a competitive masters rower.